Last night, my Justin Bieber virginity was broken. That's right. I, for the first time, not only heard one of his songs, but saw one of his music videos. I can't say I particularly liked the song, but I did make one observation that I wanted to share: I believe Justin Bieber strongly resembles a butch teenage lesbian. Not that I'm attracted to Justin in any way, shape or form, but he would make one sexy dyke given a small boob job. Maybe one day he'll be featured on one of my favorite websites, Men Who Look Like Old Lesbians.
On a separate note, life has been very interesting in our household as of late. You see, the wife and I naturally have very different hormonal make-ups. I tend to be more estrogen filled, the wife leans toward the more testosterone-filled end. In hopes of increasing her fertility, she started on estrogen pills last week. The results have been nothing short of hilarious. Not only have there been some physical amplifications that I'm quite pleased with, but I actually caught her crying to Tegan and Sara after eating 7 mini chocolate bars. I feel like the pills are helping her gain a deeper understanding of some of my crazy actions...like why I bawl to the Indigo Girls for hours just before "that time" of the month rolls around.
Hormonal fluctuations aside, we've been very busy ladies promoting our lesbian night, MaNiC, that I wrote about last week. Our kick-off event was nothing short of successful, and this week will be even better. If you're a girl who likes girls and lives in the Los Angeles area, come check it out. This week's theme is "Anonymous Numbers Night" where you'll have the chance to anonymously describe a girl you think is cute, then write your number next to the description and drop the note in a fish bowl. Jane and I will dole out the numbers after midnight, and being the little Yentes that we are, hopefully create some happy couples. Special shout-out to my homeslice QuarryGirl for doing a post to help us promote.
Have a great week!
with Cactus, Heirloom Tomato and Pumpkin Seed Salsa
For the "Pork" Loin...
- 1 batch of Vegan Pork (recipe follows), made in one large, loin-shaped piece
- 1 TBSP Kosher Salt
- 3 TBSP Ground Cumin
- 2 TBSP Dried Epazote
- 1 TBSP Chili Powder
- 1/2 TBSP Paprika
- 3/4 tsp Ground Allspice
- 3/4 tsp Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
For the Salsa...
- 1 lbs Cactus, prepared and diced (see Kitchen Tip for how to prepare Cactus)
- 4 small or 3 large Heirloom Tomatoes, diced
- 4 cloves Garlic, minced
- 1/2 medium Red Onion, finely chopped
- Handful of Pumpkin Seeds
- 1 bunch of fresh Cilantro, chopped
- Juice of 1 lime
- Juice of 1 small Lemon or 1/2 large
- 1/8 cup Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
Shaggy's Kitchen Tip:
When it comes to preparing cactus pads, make sure to select small to medium-sized, firm pads. You don't want them to be wrinkly or soft. When you're ready to prepare the cactus pads, put on a pair of rubber gloves. The thorny needles must be removed with a knife or vegetable peeler prior to dicing. Also remove any nodules, the thick stem, and trim any edges off the pad as well. Wash thoroughly after prepared, prior to dicing.
First, make the salsa by combining all of the ingredients and tasting for salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Second, make the rub for the "pork" loin by combining the kosher salt, cumin, epazote, chili powder, paprika, allspice and pepper in a bowl and mixing throughly. Rub the "pork" loin all over with the spice blend (you may not need to use all of the spice blend), then wrap the loin up in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours.
Preheat your grill (or grill pan if cooking indoors) to high heat. Unwrap the "pork" loin, then grill over the hot heat for 7 to 10 minutes on each side.
To serve, slice the loin into 1-inch-thick slices, then top with a few spoonfuls of the cactus salsa.
Pork Chop Style Seitan
“Pork Chop” Seitan Dough:
- 1 cup Vital Wheat Gluten
- 1 cup prepared No Chicken Broth
- 1 TBSP MimicCreme™
“Pork Chop” Broth:
- 4 cups prepared No Chicken Broth
- 1 cup MimicCreme™
- 1/8 cup Tamari
- 1/2 TBSP Better Than Bouillon® No Beef Broth Paste
- 1 cup Pineapple Coconut Nectar (or Apple Juice)
- 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
- 1/2 tsp 5 Spice Powder
- 2 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp Shallot Powder
- 4 whole Cloves, ground
- 3 points broken off of a Whole Star Anise
- 1 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1 tsp Sugar
- 1 additional cup Water
Take all of the “Pork Chop” Broth ingredients and mix them together in a very large pot. Bring to a boil.
Next, make your “Pork Chop” Dough by mixing and kneading the vital wheat gluten, water/bouillon blend, and MimicCreme until it's completely mixed. It will be a little more wet than most seitan dough recipes. Don’t let this scare you. Squeeze out the excess liquid, and form the mixture into a ball. On a cutting board, roll the seitan into one large "loin-shaped" piece, then drop it into the pot.
Cover the pot, reduce heat to simmer, and let the seitan cook for about an hour, stirring every 10-15 minutes.
Use a slotted spoon to remove the "Pork Loin," and place into a colander to drain and cool until ready to use.